Out Of Alignment

There are many stories of spiritual masters embracing the presence of an annoying student in their community. There is even one story that documents a teacher paying an irritating person to live among his students. From an everyday perspective, this is difficult to comprehend. We generally work hard to avoid people and things that we find annoying so they don’t bother us.

From a deeper spiritual perspective, however, irritation can be an important teacher and indicator that we are making progress on our path. Being able to remain centered and awake even when we feel uncomfortable is much more impressive than doing so in an environment where everything is to our liking. ~ Things That Annoy Us, Madisyn Taylor

When was the last time you were annoyed by something or someone? With whom was your last argument? It’s really easy to recall, right? Annoyances and arguments often trigger us OUT OF ALIGNMENT, out of our stability, ease and peace.

I am learning to notice when I am out of balance sooner by stating this intention: I witness when I’m out of alignment. I choose to see love and peace instead. I step back and let the Divine lead the way. 💞

The emotional trigger that begins an argument may have little to do with your present situation, but has dug up a wound. When we find ourselves in an argument, we may feel like we are losing control of emotions that have taken on lives of their own. When we can become aware that this is happening, taking a deep breath can help us step back from the situation. Once we can separate ourselves from the heat of the moment, we may find that the emotional trigger that began the argument has little to do with the present situation, but may have brought up feelings related to something else entirely. Looking honestly at what caused our reaction allows us to consciously respond more appropriately to the situation and make the best choices. Stepping Back from Anger, Madisyn Taylor

We spare ourselves, and those closest to us, drama and pain when we practice awareness and a quick comeback toward love and equanimity. However, it’s important to honor our feelings. “True healing occurs when you give yourself permission to feel whatever feelings live below the triggers. Feeling the pain allows it to pass through you, and strips away its power.” ~ Gabby Bernstein

Steps to Reconcile = to restore to harmony, to settle differences, to make consistent

  1. Make the first move (shows maturity).
  2. Handle with humility.
  3. Remember, you own the offer, not the result.

Who do you need to reach out to?

“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work, so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.” ~ James 1:2-4, The Message

I choose to see love and peace instead of annoyances and arguments. I step back and let the Divine lead the way. 💞


You’re Going Someplace New!

✨Love ~ Serve ~ Inspire✨

You are opening up more and more. You are becoming clearer each day. Embrace the changes taking place. They are good. They will last. They will take you and your life to someplace new, someplace you can’t fully imagine now because it’s so different from where you have been…Things that used to bother you, hold you down, hold you back, will roll easily off you. Problems that used to plague and pester you, making you feel weighted down, will be lifted easily. You will know and trust that the answers you need will come to you. Your powers will increase. You will find yourself doing, knowing, and feeling things that you thought only certain others could do. You will find yourself gliding through life in a way that brings you joy, and touches and heals others. You will laugh a lot. And yes, you will cry a lot, too, because…

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Intention: The Seed of Action

“The journey of a year is drawing to a close. Cherish the moments, all of them, even the ups and downs. Honor the lessons you’ve learned, and the people who helped you learn them. Honor the journey your soul mapped out for you. Trust all the places you’ve been. Make a scrapbook in your heart to help you remember. Look back for a moment. Reflect in peace. Then let this year draw to a close. All parts of the journey are sacred and holy. You’ve learned that lesson by now. Take time to honor this ending though it’s never really the end. Go to sleep tonight. When you wake up tomorrow a new adventure will begin. Remember the words you were told when this last adventure began, the words whispered quietly to your heart: Let the journey unfold. Let it be magical. The way has been prepared. People will be expecting you. Yes, you are being led.” ❤️ ~ Melody Beattie

Goals vs. Intentions: I think evaluations and goals are useful, but I am a bigger fan of reflections and intentions. Intentions come from the heart and soul — they are rooted in the values most important to you. I have found my goals to be more authentic and impactful if I slow down, reflect, and connect with my deepest intentions. Intention is the seed of action.
“Setting your intention is like drawing an arrow from the quiver of your heart.” ❤️ ~ Bruce Black

Exploring Intention (Sankalpa) Meditation Exercise:
*Close eyes and breathe
*Focus awareness on brow center
*Receive the question: “What has been wonderful and magical about this year? What am I especially grateful for?”
*Notice what comes up first, without thinking or searching
*Write down your answer and how it feels…
~ Pause ~
*Close eyes and breathe
*Focus awareness on brow center
*Receive the question: “What is one aspect about myself I have especially loved this year? What am I proud of?” 
*Notice what comes up first, without thinking or searching
*Write down your answer and how it feels…
~ Pause ~
*Close eyes and breathe
*Focus awareness on brow center
*Receive the question: “What would I have done differently this year? What do I want to let go of?” 
*Notice what comes up first, without thinking or searching
*Write down your answer and how it feels…
~ Pause ~
*Close eyes and breathe
*Focus awareness on brow center
*Receive the question: “How have I noticed Divine presence in my life?” 
*Notice what comes up first, without thinking or searching
*Write down your answer and how it feels…
~ Pause ~
*Close eyes, hold your hands on your heart center and breathe gently into your heart space.
*Receive the question: “What do I want to call in for the new year? What do I desire on the deepest level?” Maybe it’s a theme or word for the year. 
*Notice what comes up first, without thinking or searching
*Write down your answer and how it feels…

Create an intention (or two) with what you wrote in the meditation exercise using the following guidelines. Take your time. Let it be authentic and impactful. Affirm what you desire, instead of what you fear.

Four Principles of Effective Intentions:
Present — stated in the present tense, as if already happening
Positive — stated in the form of what is desired
Concise — clear and to the point
Resonates — feels right with your true self

“Embracing intention infuses every breath, every moment with a deep sense of peace, confidence and clarity.” ❤️ ~ Erin Madore

Let the journey of a new year unfold! Inhale the NOW, the NEW — exhale the OLD!

May this be the BEST year yet! 🎉


Embrace 2020 ❤︎

EXPANSION began 2018. ADVENTURE filled 2019. I am ready to EMBRACE 2020. I have been receiving this theme and word all month!

em·brace | \ im-ˈbrās \

Definition of embrace

1a: to clasp in the arms : HUG
3a: to take up especially readily or gladly embrace a cause
  b: to avail oneself of : WELCOME, embraced the opportunity to study further
4a: to take in or include as a part, item, or element of a more inclusive whole, charity embraces all acts that contribute to human welfare

I hope to hug, love, and encircle more. To treasure every moment with my teen daughters while they are still at home. To expand my client circle, and help encourage health and healing for many.

I intend to embrace new opportunities to learn, and to deepen my practice and business, while yet prioritizing daily quiet time to connect fully with God, filling my heart and soul with everything I need to be a better human. 
What theme or word is developing for YOU as this new decade approaches? Make time to meditate amongst the busyness. Truly search your heart and soul. Lean in. Listen and receive wisdom from Divine guidance.
“Finally, beloved friends, be cheerful! Repair whatever is broken among you, as your hearts are being knit together in perfect unity. Live continually in peace, and God, the source of love and peace, will mingle with you. Greet and embrace one another with the sacred kiss.” ~ 2 Corinthians 13:11-12 TPT

Please stay connected with me through Mailchimp. I will be sending occasional email blasts with schedule updates, community events, and new retreat offerings for 2020. ❤︎

Sending love and peace as we EMBRACE this Holy-day season and upcoming New Year!
Big hugs,

~ Heather


Paint in Portugal! 🇵🇹

I really do not consider myself a creative type. I dreaded art class in school, and just got by with stick figures and sunset drawings. However, this is a door I’ve been wanting to open. A big room out of my comfort zone. A space to re-explore through a new lens and mindset. What room of your life would you like to revisit? Where are you being challenged to grow, shift, and move?

A retreat setting is the perfect place to relax, get out of your normal routine, and explore new environments and activities. It is a beautiful balance of reflective solitude and community with new, like-minded friends.

Please join us for an amazing Yoga & Art Retreat in Portugal! We encourage you to share with a partner or close friend. May this be a fun international traveling experience!

Yoga & Art Retreat in Portugal 🇵🇹 with Heather & Vangie
May 2, 2020-May 7, 2020

Join Heather Wiest & Vangie Rodriguez as they partner with Dawn Oliver and WellXplored for this incredible journey to Portugal. Paraiso Escondido is a magical boutique property terraced into the Portuguese coastal hills. The yoga studio sits on top of the resort with expansive views. The room offerings are exquisite and the food is farm to table organic. The communal space inspires good times where we will share memories. Spark your creativity as we explore art in this hidden paradise. All levels of yogis and creatives are welcome. As always, we have planned some extraordinary experiences for you during your stay, which will add up to the trip of a lifetime!!! Space is limited to 15 so we will be an intimate group. Make sure to reserve your space right away!

Click HERE for all the details and to book.

This Retreat Includes:

  • 5 Nights luxury accommodations, including taxes

  • Group Airport Transfers from Lisbon

  • Farm to Table Meals – Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily

  • Beverages throughout the day & Wine included with meals.

  • Cooking Workshop at Paraiso Escondido in Open Kitchen Studio

  • Garden & Sustainability Tour

  • Painting Workshops with Vangie

  • Daily Yoga with Heather

  • Excursion – Private Wine Tasting & Waterfalls plus Vegan Lunch

  • Excursion – Villa Nova de Milfontes for Costal Walk, Village & Sunset Dinner

From $2100 Per Person

$2100 is based on Double Occupancy, sharing a room with a King Bed

$2500 is based on Single Occupancy having your own private room with King Bed

“I was there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him.” ~ Proverbs 8:30 TPT